As an openly gay man, Survivor
winner Richard Hatch
couldn't resist appreciating the handsomest hunks back on Palau Tiga even as he plotted to crush them right along with his female opponents. "I found that absolutely pleasantly distracting," he tells TV Guide Online with a grin. "I thought it was wonderful. Greg
] was a hottie, and Sean
] was somebody I was certainly paying attention to... until he kept talking."
And who strikes Hatch's fancy on Survivor: The Australian Outback? "It's obvious!" he declares incredulously. "Colby [Donaldson] is dripping with heat. What a stunning, stunning man. I don't think there's a person on the planet, male or female, that can't see that that's a gorgeous, gorgeous man."
Well, then! This leads us to the next logical question... "Who's gay?" teases Hatch. "I think there are two or three, maybe four folks that could be gay. When they're through with the show, if they want to talk about that, I'll let them do it. I'm not going to say who I think is."
Amusingly, Hatch's rare display of reserve quickly dissipates when it comes to plugging his current projects. In addition to popping up as a Survivor correspondent on Entertainment Tonight and CBS's The Early Show, he serves as a presenter at the TV Guide Awards, airing March 7 on Fox (8 pm/ET). And come "summer or September," he expects to begin hosting the syndicated version of The Weakest Link, a BBC game show that has beaten Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in the ratings across the pond. (Word is, Hatch was in the running to host a separate primetime version debuting April 16, but NBC instead chose to import the show's popular British hostess, Anne Robinson.)
Of course, until Link premieres, all eyes are still keenly trained on the Outback. Natch, Hatch has his eye on a frontrunner. "Jeff [Varner] is my pick right now," he says. "I think Colby's got a shot, although I'm not sure he's calculated enough. Jeff seems a lot more calculated and seems to be playing pretty well, so he's high on my list. Alicia [Calaway] was playing pretty well until the Kimmi [Kappenberg] interlude. That big emotional outburst isn't really smart when you're playing the game [to win], but it's really tough to keep it together out there when you're starving."